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Hobart Parish Newsletter – St Joseph’s Church

The First Sunday of Advent, Year B, 28-29 November, 2020 (ed.2)
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year A, 21-22 November, 2020 (ed.1)
The Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 14-15 November, 2020 (ed.3)
The Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 07-08 November, 2020 (ed.1)

Other News

Christmas Stall: This will be predominantly a Christmas cooking stall (fruit cakes, mince tarts, gingerbread, etc.) and will be held on Sunday 13th December immediately after the 9.30 Mass and continuing on after the 11am if stock is still available.
Due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, it has been necessary to ask for donations of ingredients rather than volunteers to cook. Dried fruit, butter, eggs especially would be appreciated, along with flour and sugar, although these items are often donated in abundance. There will be 2 ingredients Sundays, 27th November and 6th December. If you are unsure about what is most required or have any questions at all please contact Angela Marquis on 0400969817

(Parish Newsletter  28-29th November 2020)

Christmas Hamper Appeal

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS 2020:  Christmas hamper lists are on the notice board of the church. In past years St Joseph’s Hobart Parish has provided both FOOD and individual GIFT hampers to needy families and individuals.  Due to COVID-19 and the financial impact the pandemic has had upon our Parish, it has been decided to simply provide FOOD hampers this year. While Christmas decorations have always been part of the FOOD hampers, a good quality table cloth or other such household decoration, might be included in lieu of the GIFT hamper in 2020.

We recognise that creating a hamper can be a costly exercise so we suggest that several people may get together and contribute to one as a group. Parishioners who may have always bought individual gifts in the past may like to consider a donation towards the FOOD hampers that are not taken. The St Joseph’s community realise the unforeseen difficulties many families have faced over the past year and we are grateful for any contribution people feel able to make.

(Parish Newsletter 14-15th November 2020)

 A Golden Anniversary – Br Edward Braden

Our brother Edward is now celebrating another Golden Jubilee.  This week Edward celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his arrival at St Joseph’s , Hobart. 

Edward is, of course, almost a household name in Hobart, and so well known for his countless years at the front door of the Church, welcoming and say farewell to both the parishioners and many tourists to our city center church.

During this time Br Ed has had as Congregational Leader – Fr. Brian Gleeson, Fr. Joe Furst, Fr. Leo Fitzpatrick, Fr. Christopher Mithen, Fr. Kevin Tuitu’u, Fr. Allan Havelock, Fr. Graham Orwin;  And of course, Fr. Peter Addicoat who has been superior on a number of different occasions and for many years.

(Fr Tom McDonough cp – 16th October 2020)

Parish Fair & Raffle – 2020

We are not holding our usual Parish Fair this year due to the COVID pandemic; however, there will be a  Parish Raffle.

This year all funds raised by the raffle will be directed towards the purchase of an Automatic External Defibrillator machine to be housed within the church. 

Raffle tickets will be available soon at the usual price of $2.00 per ticket, with ten tickets in each book. We thank all prize donors for their continuing support of the parish in this way. We intend to draw the raffle on Sunday 6th December, immediately after the 11.00 am Mass. For any additional information or if you would like to support the raffle further by donation or through your time in selling tickets, please contact Robert Bilyk on 0419 870 555.

(Parish Newsletter 10th October 2020)

Congratulations Dr. Brendan Connell,  D. Theol.

Heartiest congratulations go to our brother Brendan who has heard that his study, research and writing was recognized by the Board of Examiners of the University of Divinity, Melbourne and he will graduate with the degree, Doctor of Theology.  While Brendan attained the degree from Melbourne’s University of Divinity through its member College, Yarra Theological Union, Brendan also obtained a  preliminary Master’s Degree at the well-known Jesuit  Heythrop College, (University of London).

Brendan’s research and thesis centred on: The Formulation and Development of the Preferential Option for the Poor in Catholic Social Teaching.

So our congratulations to Brendan on bring this task to completion while engaged also in community and ministry in Passionist St Joseph’s Highgate, London, Endeavour Hills Parish Melbourne, Mulgrave Pallotine Retreat House, St Joseph’s Parish, Hobart and Endeavour Hill’s Community and Parish as Superior and Parish Priest.  And not forgetting also his present role as a member of the Provincial Council.

So alongside his Provincial, Community and Parish responsibilities, Brendan has also commenced his formal teaching career as a staff member of YTU.

(Fr Tom McDonough cp – 21st September 2020)

Welcome to our New Novice – Fr Justin


On June 24th at St Joseph’s, Fr. Peter Addicoat, as Passionist community leader, clothed Fr Justin Durai Raj in the Habit, the simple black garment Paul of the Cross saw in a vision.  He gave him a copy of the Passionists Holy Rule and Constitutions and so welcomed him into his year of canonical novitiate.  Being of a mature age and already a priest, Justin will continue his novitiate in Hobart, joining other novices in Adelaide occasionally by Zoom.  When COVID-19 allows, he may also spend some time with other novices.

(21th June 2020)